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Bad Climber

climber
Topic Author's Original Post - Mar 26, 2014 - 08:22pm PT
Locals, others with experience, spray your wisdom:

This is theoretical at this point--but possible. In three years I'm (gulp) eligible for an early retirement from what, by then, will be about 30 years reading gawdawful essays by undergrads--with the occasional shining star, to be sure. On a whim, I started looking at real estate in Bishop and realized that while most houses are way out of our price range, as a firmly middle-aged couple (I'll be 55 my wife 64), we could purchase and move into one of those "mobile" homes in the Highlands development on the north side of town. With the money we could pull out of our current shack, we could remodel the hell out of one of those and have a substantial chunk left over to help fund retirement (in addition to other stashes we have).

So of course the mountains are awesome. I've been hiking/climbing/cycling on the East Side since I was 16 when my best buddy at the time and I drove his vintage Mustang up to the Matterhorn Peak range and did my first technical peak--one of the Three Teeth. No, I'm well acquainted with how wonderful the access and country is. My question concerns things like community, medical support, more of the day-to-day, season-to-season aspects of living there. Any beta on the affordable area we're looking at would be appreciated, too.

To be honest, I think the move might be more than my wife is willing to go for, but she's expresses some interest. I think I'd move tomorrow if I could, but some input from those who know would be great.

Thanks!

BAd
Randisi

Social climber
Dalian, Liaoning
Mar 26, 2014 - 09:26pm PT
Dude, Thailand.
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Mar 26, 2014 - 09:40pm PT
Bad.....life on the east side is generally wonderful! In regards to the Highlands....a dear friend of mine lives there....what a gorgeous spot! Wonderful shade in the heat of summer....and LOTS of nice folks!

Not sure of how urban of an area you are currently residing in, but there will be a rather dramatic difference in lifestyle. It's what you make of it.....and if you both seek the solace of arguably one of the most beautiful spots on the planet.....you can't go wrong with Bishop!
Fish Finder

Social climber
Mar 26, 2014 - 09:50pm PT


You have to love the mountains and give up culture

unless you travel a lot


I look at Bishop , Round Valley ,Crowley, Mammoth and June as all being the same neighborhood

otherwise I would not be able to earn a living, have horses and be sane here

I do travel as much as I can to the Ocean and anywhere for that matter , the high desert creeps up on me sometimes and I need to get-a-way

Besides all that it is just as I would imagine Heaven to be except with more dust and you cant beat a good winter on the Eastside

Bad Climber

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 26, 2014 - 10:26pm PT
Thanks for the quick responses, folks! As for our current situation...I think moving to Bishop would be getting MORE urban than we have now--the outskirts of Tehachapi. There seems to be more of a scene in Bishop, which would be fine with us! We pretty much gave up substantial culture almost 20 years ago.

Cragman: Nice to hear about Highlands. We are seriously looking into it.

More comments welcome.

BAd
FRUMY

Trad climber
Bishop,CA
Mar 27, 2014 - 08:49pm PT
You could do a lot worse.
Capt.

climber
some eastside hovel
Mar 27, 2014 - 09:23pm PT
Coming from Tehachapi you'll be just fine here...Hell,ya might get a little cultural overload.
John M

climber
Mar 27, 2014 - 10:01pm PT
This is just curiosity. I know almost nothing about Bishop. I know that coming up with a down payment could be difficult, but with two incomes it certainly seems like this would be affordable

http://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/Bishop-CA/pmf,pf_pt/19228736_zpid/23717_rid/priced_sort/38.119432,-117.467194,36.888408,-119.153595_rect/8_zm/2_p/

You say you have a property to sell, so if you could come up with 20 down, your payments would be less then the monthly rent on a mobile home park. Plus you would end up owning something and one day you would have no rent to pay.

Just interested in the thinking behind moving into a mobile home park. I'm looking at the same thing, but that rent payment that never goes away concerns me.
rottingjohnny

Sport climber
mammoth lakes ca
Mar 27, 2014 - 10:03pm PT
Bishop would be a great move and The Chief lives outside of Bishop so no worries there...rj
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Mar 27, 2014 - 10:04pm PT
Bad....I'm about to list my home in a few weeks.....I'll make ya a heck of a deal.

: )
John M

climber
Mar 27, 2014 - 10:11pm PT
I can come up with about 10 grand. ha ha..

would that buy me the mailbox?

Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Mar 27, 2014 - 10:14pm PT
I don't have a mailbox.....but I'd be HAPPY to build you one for 10k!

: )
John M

climber
Mar 27, 2014 - 10:22pm PT
sweet..

1600 square feet. 3 bedroom 2 bath mailbox on a view lot for 10 grand.

Thanks cragman.. I knew that you were a miracle worker. hahaha
HighDesertDJ

Trad climber
Mar 27, 2014 - 10:25pm PT
Good god. If the outskirts of Tehachapi is your baseline Bishop will seem like an amenity filled urban dreamworld surrounded by an adventure utopia.
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Mar 27, 2014 - 10:26pm PT
No problem, John.....

Oh....your permit will run you 350k.

: )
John M

climber
Mar 27, 2014 - 10:36pm PT
LOL sounds about right.


but for that price I want linoleum instead of dirt floors.
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Mar 27, 2014 - 10:41pm PT
I don't allow linoleum on my projects....you will have to live with dirt.
John M

climber
Mar 27, 2014 - 10:50pm PT
well, okay, but by God I want an indoor toilet that flushes. Non of that outhouse business for me. No sir.


speaking of linoleum. I cleaned the carpets in this very nice house in thousand oaks and it had linoleum in the kitchen that looked like wood. According to the owner it was 2 inches thick and was solid color all the way through. She said you couldn't tell where the nicks were. It was nice because it was kind of springy. The owner cooked a lot and was on her feet a lot and she said she loved it. Have you ever seen anything like that?
The Chief

climber
The Land of the Mongols above Bishop
Mar 27, 2014 - 11:06pm PT
Bishop would be a great move and The Chief lives outside of Bishop so no worries there...rj

More importantly, RJ resides some 48 miles up the grade thus you can ... feel ubber safe.
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Mar 27, 2014 - 11:12pm PT
But Rick....his stench still makes it's way down the grade. : /
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